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Institute of Contemporary Arts

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Good to place to take a break

In the middle of Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, there is a cinema, bookshop and cafe here... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
London, United Kingdom
A gem of a refuge

TIP TO TRAVELERS: For the one pound day pass, the weary tourist on The Mall can get a restroom... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2018
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A cultural "think tank" where people can watch important films, browse the bookstore, discover innovate work of emerging artists, participate in live events, and engage in debate in support of a broader artistic culture.
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The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH, England
St. James's
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

Actually the ICA in the 50's didn't start at the current building at all, as one reviewer states. I used to go there when it was still at the Dover Street HQ, and heard Sir Roland Penrose, Dirk Bogarde and other celebrities there, performances of...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 30 August 2018

In the middle of Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, there is a cinema, bookshop and cafe here. It's good value for money and a great place to take a break from the busy exterior.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

TIP TO TRAVELERS: For the one pound day pass, the weary tourist on The Mall can get a restroom, heat/air conditioning, a canteen, a bookshop and art exhibits. This is a MAJOR convenience. If I were a local, I would buy a membership. The calendar...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We use the BFI quite a bit so my expectation of the ICA was that it would be like a cross between that and the Tate Modern. It sort of is but in a very Heath Robinson sort of way. The staff are all a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

I first visited the ICA in the 1980s, for an exhibtion on situationalism in Paris. Visiting today was interesting in that the exhibition and the space it inhabits has been taken back to the bare walls. To the point that in the cafe afterwards we...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

It’s been going strong since the 1950s as a bastion of radicalism at the other end of the Mall to Buckingham Palace. It has two cinemas, a renovated exhibition space, an excellent bookshop and now a truly great first floor cafe now it has been...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Visited with colleagues last week and found the food very much to our liking . The restaurant is very informal and arguably shabby, maybe shabby chic... anyway, food and service was very good . Had Barnsley chops but also tried sausage with polenta. All great.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

walking from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace we noticed that ICA was open with a showing of Water Color artists. I wanted to check it out and the amateur art was really really great. free to walk around but I think they probably ask for...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Jason C
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We went there because we enjoy contemporary art and the Tate modern however it was beyond our level, the exhibition on the 1st floor about a dance performance was interesting, disturbin and lacking explanation to really understand the performance... the painting on the groundfloor were...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

We went primarily for a movie here, which was fine. While waiting we wandered through the galleries and it was a disappointment. The two upstairs galleries were closed so there were only two open. One had OK paintings hanging in it, but they're weren't mind-bending...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII,
the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier
destination for high end craft and bespoke design.
Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which
indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the
establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during
a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s
Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing
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